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Anybody know anything about morse code keys?

Article about: Hi everyone, im looking for a little help on this one, I have found two of these morse code keys inamongst other militaria, but they don't look like any ive seen before, and far too crudely

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    Default Anybody know anything about morse code keys?

    Hi everyone, im looking for a little help on this one, I have found two of these morse code keys inamongst other militaria, but they don't look like any ive seen before, and far too crudely made to be military

    anybody have any ideas on them?

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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    It looks home made to me? But building this kind of thing was popular in the 1930's etc.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    It looks home made to me? But building this kind of thing was popular in the 1930's etc.

    Cheers, Ade.
    I entirely agree with that! This was a very popular pastime back then, a bit like CB in the 70's was. Many magazines and books would show how to make a morse key and transmitter/receiver for enthusiasts at that time.
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    Thanks guys, I wonder if these would have been a put together kit or literally home made.
    anyway many thanks for the help.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    ... --- .-. .-. -.-- --..-- / -.-. .- -. .----. - / .... . .-.. .--. / -.-- --- ..- .-.-.- / .- -. / .. -. - . .-. . ... - .. -. --. / .. - . -- / - .... --- ..- --. .... .-.-.-

    Which, translates as...

    Sorry, can't help you. An interesting item though.

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    Banannamafia: I sent the photo to a company called Morse-City that still manufactures telegraph equipment, and got a quick reply from a technician named Ernie. Here is what he sent me: The item is a Western Union Morse Sender. Battery holder on left, top is telegraph sounder, middle is a light, bottom is switch for switching from sounder, or light. The other is the key for sending code by hand. The screw at the right side is to running to another unit to send code back and forth.

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    Bananamafia: I just got off the phone with the Morse-City technician, Ernie, who it turns out is my age. Anyway. The key you posted is probably a Boy Scout Merit Badge project that came out of Boys Life, the Scouting magazine. It is home-made and incorporates parts that were available from Western Union in the 1940's. It used a 1.5 volt battery and is a clicker system rather than a buzzer, which was more common. The clicker system, that being the sound you hear in old western movies when the railroad telegrapher is sending an urgent message to the cavalry, was unique to Western Union in this case. The light in the center of the board came on as the clicker clicked. So Ade and Big Ned called it right; it's home-made. Dwight

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    WHOA!!!
    many thanks for the research Dwight!!
    fascinating research, thankyou so much for your time!!!
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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